Do You Have a Theme Word This Year?6 min read
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You may have heard of the idea of designating a single word, a “word of the year”, to sum up your theme or focus for the upcoming year. You may have even chosen a word in the past…
I have previously used words like Relevant, Intentional, Recover, Legacy, Margin, and Contentment.
This year, I choose the word “Momentum“. I have learned over the past year just how powerful momentum can be, and that it can be tied into so many areas of life (pretty much all of them, I would say).
Momentum is powerful in establishing habits – you can track these on paper, inside of an app, or sometimes your action alone tracks them for you. I use the Bible.com app on my phone to read in the morning and at some point, they created a tracker that shows up automatically and tells you how many days in a row you have read. I am just a few days away from 100, and I have to say – there is no way I’m going to miss my reading and break that streak. 🙂
Paying off debt or building a savings account is another example – the more you pay off or save, the more you want to add to that account, and the incentive to not spend is naturally there.
Making progress on home organization is another area. Once you complete one room, you recall how nice it is to have things put in order and you want even more for the rest of your house to feel the same.
This also works in areas of health and fitness, relationships, business growth, and more.
You can probably tell that I’m excited about my word for this year. 🙂
I’d like to encourage you to come up with a word that you are equally enthusiastic about.
How to Come Up With Your Theme Word
If you have not come up with a Theme Word for 2018 yet, you will want to start here. Unfortunately, there is not a true science to this process. There is no official step by step that I can give you that will make sense for everyone. I can offer some loose guidance, but you really need to feel out what works best for you.
In choosing my word each year, I usually just thinking about what word makes sense here and there in the back of my mind around the end of December or early January. I try to think about what I want out of this year… what some of my goals may be, and what areas of life I really want to work at. If nothing specific is coming to mind, I’ll take some time to browse through lists of ideas or check out posts on Facebook where people are invited to share the word they have chosen.
I usually start off with a handful of ideas and through the occasional prayer and contemplation, I work through them to determine if any stand out more than the rest. If nothing is sounding exciting to me, I’ll take some more time to sit down and weigh out each of the options I have been considering and which ones make the most sense. A great way to do this is to start applying some of the words to each of your Life Categories. (you can learn more about doing this in my How to Create a Vision Board with a Purpose ebook here)
Once you think you have settled on a word, make sure to take some time to continue to consider this word thoroughly. Continue to pray about it and think about how this theme would apply to all areas of your life.
The main point is that you need to find a word that really resonates with you and makes you excited.
You can grab this free download, “What’s Your Theme Word” to help walk you through the process and give you some inspiration.
How To Implement Your Theme Word Into Your Life
Now that you have a Theme Word, what are you going to do about it? Don’t let your excitement fade over the first few weeks of the year and completely forget about it until next year when you are being prompted to come up with a word for 2019.
Find ways to remind yourself of what is important to you this year. And, if you download the “What’s Your Theme Word” worksheet, I’ll be sure to send you a few reminders throughout the year to help keep you on track.
Some ways to make your theme word part of your everyday life:
- Create a vision board that includes your theme word and reminds you of it on a regular basis
- Write down your theme word inside of your planner, everything notebook, etc.
- Use vinyl to add it to your Everything Notebook cover and other places
- In creating your reading list for the year, choose books that support this word
- Collect quotes that support this word and include on your vision board
- Write up how you will apply this word to each of your life categories.
- Connect with your word throughout the year through forms of writing, reading, research, photography, crafts, etc.
Some Inspiration to Find Your Word of the Year
If you are having a hard time coming up with ideas, here is a list of words to inspire your brainstorming process:
What Theme Word did you choose for 2018? Share why this word is exciting for you!